Callum Hudson-Odoi has no plans to sign Chelsea deal amid £35m Bayern bid – source

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Gab Marcotti explains Chelsea’s predicament with Callum Hudson-Odoi in light of Bayern Munich’s reported offer for the young forward.

Callum Hudson-Odoi has no plans to sign a new Chelsea contract and Bayern Munich are awaiting a response to their fourth bid for the winger, believed to be £35 million, a source has told ESPN FC. 

Odoi, 18, played 79 minutes in Chelsea’s Carabao Cup semifinal first leg defeat to Tottenham at Wembley on Tuesday despite huge question marks over his future.

A source has told ESPN FC the academy youngster does not plan on signing a new deal, with his existing contract set to expire in 2020. And Bayern are desperate to land Odoi, having made four bids for him.

The latest is believed to meet Chelsea’s valuation of the player and Bayern Munich are awaiting a response.

Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has said the Bundesliga champions “absolutely want to sign” Odoi.

“If I have something to announce, I’ll do so,” Salihamidzic told reporters at the club’s winter training camp in Qatar, in which he also confirmed the signing of Benjamin Pavard.

“What I can say: We like the player and take a great interest in signing him. We’ll see about the rest.”

When asked about Odoi’s £35m price tag, he added: “That’s the state of the transfer market.

“We must identify those players which can improve us. Callum has unbelievable qualities in the dribbling, he has the pace and skills. We want to sign him.”

Chelsea remain desperate to convince Hudson-Odoi to stay and Maurizio Sarri’s decision to start him against Tottenham in the Carabao Cup semifinal first leg on Tuesday was part of that charm offensive.

Information from ESPN FC’s Germany correspondent Stephan Uersfeld was used in this report.

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